SPEECH BY SHRI K.R. NARAYANAN, PRESIDENT OF INDIA, WHILE
ACCEPTING THE CREDENTIALS FROM MR. BAKTYBEK JOLCHUBEKOVICH
BESHIMOV, AMBASSADOR-DESIGNATE OF THE KYRGYZ REPUBLIC TO INDIA
NEW DELHI, MAY 15, 2000
great pleasure in accepting the Letter of Credence for your appointment
as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kyrgyz Republic to
India. I welcome you and wish you a happy and fruitful tenure. I would also
like to take this opportunity to convey my good wishes to His Excellency
Mr. Askar Akaev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic, for his health and for
further progress and prosperity of the friendly people of Kyrgyzstan. His
Excellency President Akaev's visit to India accompanied by Madame Mairam
Akaeva in April last year was a landmark event in our bilateral relations.
I equally cherish the memories of my own visit to your beautiful country
relations with the Kyrgyz Republic are both historical and modern. These
traditional relations have gathered further momentum and substance after
Kyrgyzstan's independence in 1991. Our political relations are problem-free
and imbued with good understanding on most important issues that concern
us. At the popular level in both countries, there is an abundant reservoir
of goodwill for each other. It is time to build on these relations in terms
of concrete economic and commercial interactions for which considerable
common values of secularism and democracy. We emphatically reject all attempts
at changing political and social order through violent and intolerant means.
A strong co-operative relationship between India and Kyrgyzstan will contribute
positively to the strengthening of the forces of pluralism and tolerance
and help in bringing about peace and stability in the region.
and security are pre-requisites for development. The growing negative phenomenon
of religious fundamentalism and terrorism is a grave threat to all secular
and humane societies. Kyrgyzstan, like India, is a victim of terrorism.
We need to combat these negative forces by joint action.
forward to your success in contributing positively and meaningfully to our
existing excellent relations. I would like to assure you of the full support
of the Government of India in your endeavours in further strengthening Indo-Kyrgyz
relations. I again wish you success in your professional responsibilities
and a pleasant stay in India.